Thank a board member

Published 10:20 am Wednesday, January 4, 2012

To the Editor:
Have you thanked a school board member lately?
School board members exemplify local citizen control and decision making in education. They volunteer hundreds of hours and an immeasurable amount of energy to assure that our schools are providing the best education possible for the children of our community.
That is why we are taking this opportunity to recognize them during School Board Appreciation Month in January.
School board members are citizens whose decisions affect our children – what they learn, who will teach them, and what kinds of facilities house their classrooms.
Our school board is one of more than 100 such boards across the state.
With the advice and counsel of the educational professionals they hire, our school board has an impact on virtually every aspect of our schools.
This is a huge responsibility and one that should not be taken lightly.
They represent you, and they take this responsibility seriously by attending meetings and conferences where they broaden their knowledge about education.
Too often we neglect to recognize the dedication and hard work of these men and women who represent us.
The staff and students of our school district are asking all local citizens to take a moment to tell a school board member “thanks for caring about our children’s education.”
We salute the Polk County Board of Education whose dedication and civic responsibility make local control of public schools in our community possible.
We applaud them for their vision and voice to help shape a better tomorrow.
Geoff Tennant – chair
Sherry Page – vice chair
Cindy Allen
Rick Covil
Jim Cowan
Judy Jackson
Melanie Talbot
– Bill Miller, superintendent